We barely even want to get into the awfulness that is the racist backlash against the casting of adorable Amandla Stenberg as Hunger Games tribute Rue. Apparently forgetting that Twitter is visible to everyone on the planet, even those of us that are not utter jerks, some fans took umbrage with the fact that Rue was depicted as African-American in the blockbuster film. As if blatant racism isn’t bad enough (and it truly, truly is), clearly these morons did not even read the book, which describes both District 11 tributes Rue and Thresh (portrayed by Dayo Okeniyi) has having “dark brown skin.” We are seconds away from a rage stroke, people!
Luckily for her mental well-being, and for our sky-rocketing blood pressure, Stenberg isn’t about to let haters break her stride. “As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family,” she told Us Weekly in a statement. “It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty.” Can we send this girl some crescent bread studded with seeds on a tiny parachute, please? As if we hadn’t cried over little Rue enough already! Alright, what’s a few more hours?
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Rihanna knows Twitter is mightier than the sword. Plus, if she’d used some sort of katana blade to take on Dutch magazine Jackie, we would have missed out on everything but the police report! After the mag published an article describing the “You Da One” singer as a “n—-b—h” (which, we cannot even), RiRi snapped them back to reality. “I hope u can read english, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights! I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!!,” the singer tweeted at the mag’s editor Eva Hoeke. “You ran out of legit, civilized information to print! There are 1000′s of Dutch girls who would love to be recognized for their contributions to your country, you could have given them an article. Instead, u paid to print one degrading an entire race!”
As if that wasn’t bad enough (and it was) the article also managed to misidentify Rihanna‘s home country as Jamaica rather than Barbados. Hoeke has since issued an apology for the article, explaining in part, “We make our magazine with love, energy and enthusiasm, and it can sometimes happen that someone is out of line. And then you can only do one thing: apologize. And hope that others wish to accept it. From the bottom of my heart I say it again: we never intended to offend anyone. And I mean that.” Hmm, seems like a pretty half-hearted apology to us. Concluded Rihanna, “Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for youâ€¦F— YOU!!!” Yup, we’re going to have to go with RiRi on this one.
364 days of the year, any bet involving racial-offensive robotic cars would have us throwing down money immediately. Unfortunately, the money in this case would be the $12.50 we’d need to take Michael Bay’s Transformers 3 bet that the characters Skids and Mudflap do not appear in the film. After the release of Transformers 2, many fans took Bay to task for including the two bumbling Transformers characters, who were basically just off-putting African-American stereotypes made of alien metal. “I am offering a $25,000 REWARD to anyone who can find them performing in Transformers 3, on July 1, when the movie opens,” said Bay. “The Twins are not in the movie. You will not find them anywhere. Trailer houses sometimes use shots that are not in the movie! End [of] story I’m done wasting my time [on] this!”
The reason some might want to take Bay up on the bet is that, in addition to appearing the Transfomers 3: Dark Of The Moon trailer as well as in on-set videos, one journalist who reviewed an advanced screening copy claims the dim-witted duo are still very much in the movie. However, Bay says the critic must have been confused by the multitude of anthropomorphic vehicles, taking to the official Michael Bay forum site Shoot For The Edit to clarify “After the internet posting of a nice review by someone who saw Transformers Dark of the Moon, the writer had not been clear on one thing. He misstated that the Twins are in the film. They are not.” Sounds like Bay did include the Twins in his new film, only to edit them out when he remembered how they made 95% of his viewing audience want their money back. So now no one has to see it to make sure! Glad we all dodged that bullet.
Turn that frown upside down, Sad Keanu! 2011 is looking like your year. So soon after announcing Bill And Ted 3 might actually happen, New York Mag is reporting that Keanu Reeves is in talks for Akira lead Kaneda after Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling allegedly passed on the film. Seeing as how Akira‘s whitewashing seemed eminent back in March, it’s reassuring to see an actor with at least some Asian ancestry potentially being cast. Of course, anyone who is familiar with the graphic novel can probably point out the other problem with the rumored casting choices: the Akira leads are supposed to be in high school, not old enough to pick up their teenage kids from high school in their Ford Windstars.
But don’t you lose that grin just yet, Reeves! Apparently Warner Bros. plans on dropping $230 million on the project, which would likely make it one of the top ten most expensive films ever made, so they will almost certainly cast someone with Keanu’s international appeal. A huge sci-fi adventure flick staring Keanu Reeves makes us feel like it’s 1999 again. Just makes you want to say: whoa.
It’s always good for a politician to get some big name celebrities behind them. Some have even suggested it was Oprah‘s support that got President Obama elected in 2008. Meanwhile, Blossom‘s Joey Lawrence supports Donald Trump‘s presidential bid, which we can all agree is almost the same thing. “Obama was something fresh, and new, and people wanted to put their faith in his message of being different and ‘change’ and all this stuff two years ago, but that fell flat because he gets in there and it’s pretty much the same old thing,” Lawrence explained to Fox News. “I think everybody can agree on that, there’s no real change.” Not like the change a random reality TV star can bring to the White House! Oh wait, unless Joey is equally impressed by anyone who can still get work…
The Donald needs all the friends he can get, considering he has beef with Jerry Seinfeld, Robert DeNiro and John Legend before he even has a platform. “I think Donald is an interesting character,” Lawrence gushed. “He’s an amazing CEO, this is a business. This is a business, running this country is a business and it has not been run the last decade the right way, whether it’s Republican or Democrat, so it’s not really a party issue, it’s more of a person issue. Somebody has to get in there and really hold people accountable.” Right, like how the IRS held Donald accountable for Trump’s bankruptcy during the ’90s. Meanwhile, CBS newscaster Bob Schleffer claims Donald Trump’s racism is what really makes this candidacy stand out, prompting the floppy-haired business man to fire back: “That is a terrible statement for a newscaster to make.Ã‚Â I am the last person that such a thing should be said about.” Oh, don’t worry about them, Mr. Trump. Once you have every older brother from every ’90s sitcom in your corner, you’ll be all set. Now if only Eddie Winslow would take your calls…
We always imagined it would take a house fire to make even-keeled musician John Legend do so much as coolly saunter to the door, but it looks like questions about Barack Obama‘s nation of origin have him in a rage. In fact, John Legend called Donald Trump racist at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Annual Gala Thursday night. “He needs to stop saying that racist bulls–t birther s–t,” Legend said to New York Mag, putting the reality-show host on blast. “Quote me please. He should be ashamed of himself. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s awful, really.” Considering you could usually run over his foot with a steamroller and he’d just raise one eyebrow really slowly, Legend must be truly livid.
The musician is of course talking about Donald Trump’s birther argument; the entrepreneur has publicly cast doubt on the fact that President Obama is a native U.S. citizen, as part of his reported bid for the Republican presidential nomination. “Everybody that even gives a hint of being a birther Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ even a little bit of a hint, like, gee, you know, maybe, just maybe this much of a chance, they label them as an idiot. Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy,” Trump said in an interview with ABC News. Bill Cosby slammed Trump as well on yesterday’s Today Show. “Oh please with Donald Trump,” Cosby admonished. “The only thing he’s running is his mouth.” When even Dr. Huxtable has turned against you, you know you need to check yourself before wreck your entire presidential campaign.
The prospect of John Galliano in prison isn’t a pretty one; he’d be ruling with an paisley fist before you’d know it. High-waisted orange palazzo pants as far as the eye can see! Since French law considers anti-Semitism a crime, John Galliano faces jail time for his anti-Semitic slurs. If convicted, Galliano could be looking at six months in prison and more than $31,000 in fines. Galliano already looks like The Joker; maybe it was only a matter of time before he started lording over the underworld. Just let him get that purple suit and green bow tie dry-cleaned and he’s good to go!
Now that he’s looking at prison time, Galliano issued an apology for his comments…well, sort of. “I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully cooperated with the police investigation,” John said. “A number of independent witnesses have given evidence and have told the police that I was subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing. For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me.” Sure, because why wouldn’t Galliano declare “I love Hitler!” when getting into a street brawl? “However, I fully accept that the accusations made against me have greatly shocked and upset people,” Galliano admitted. “I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light.” We guess if he wasn’t seen making racist statements, Galliano wouldn’t feel so contrite. Ah, but if people don’t see him, how will they know about his cutting-edge fashion sense? Merde, it’s a Catch-22!
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Dior designer John Galliano was arrested last Thursday for allegedly incitement of racial prejudice and assaulting a couple in Paris. Galliano reportedly grabbed the hair of a woman at a bar and said that she had “a dirty Jew face” during an an argument, and later insulted her date. Galliano was taken into police custody and administered a sobriety test where it was determined that his blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit.
Though he denied making any racial slurs that night, the situation has unfortunately brought forward additional racist accusations, including a damning video of Galliano telling fellow café patrons on a separate occasion “I love Hitler” and that “People like you would be dead today. Your mothers, your forefathers would be f—ing gassed.” Galliano has been suspended from his position at Dior which he has held since 1996. Prior to this, Galliano’s most striking attribute was his resemblance to Captain Hook. You can watch the video, filmed by another bar patron, after the jump.
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